The National Plan for Music Education, ‘The Importance of Music’, was published by the Government in November 2011. It was a response to the findings of the Henley Review of February 2011 and introduced the roles and responsibilities of Music Education Hubs. 

The roles of Music Education Hubs

Hubs will be responsible for delivering the four core roles and three extension activities identified in the National Plan for Music Education. 

Core roles

  • Ensure that every child aged 5 to 18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice) through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes for … a minimum of a term … of weekly tuition on the same instrument
  • Provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage
  • Ensure that clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people
  • Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil sings regularly and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area

Extension roles

  • Provide an instrument loan service, with discounts or free provision for those on low incomes
  • Provide access to large scale and / or high quality music experiences for pupils, working with professional musicians and / or venues. This may include undertaking work to publicise the opportunities available to schools, parents/carers and students
  • Offer CPD to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum

Read more about the School Music Education Plan